There is a certain place of safety and rest that is a refuge, fortress, and place of trust.
- Abraham’s descendants found this place during their wilderness wonderings.
- Moses said they would not go forward without the covering of God’s presence.
- David must have found this shelter under the shadow of the Almighty.
- Listen to his description of this secret place.
Psalm 91:1–2 (NKJV) 1He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
David had many confessions about the Lord Most High.
- He said, “the Lord is my Shepherd.”
- He is my “refuge and my fortress.”
- He is my “rock and my deliverer.”
- He said, “You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
- He is my “light and my salvation.”
- He is my “sword and shield.”
- He is the “strength of my life.”
- He said, “You will hide me and keep me safe.”
- He is my “helper.”
- He is my “song.”
- He is my “God.”
The confession of your mouth will help you in the times of your troubles and distresses.
- Out of David’s mouth came words of confidence and trust in God Almighty.
Today let’s take these three confessions from Psalms 91:2.
First, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge.”
- A refuge is a place of protection and safety from danger or trouble.
Where is this refuge?
The Old Testament talks about the place of safety.
- Noah was in the ark of safety.
- Under the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud, Israel was safe.
- David said, “He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” Psalms 32:7
In the recent hurricanes and floods, many people searched for a place of refuge.
- Some climbed on top of their car to get out of the flood.
- Some got on top of their home.
- Many found their place of refuge was not able to protect them in the storm.
When God is your refuge, you are in a place of safety.
Second, “I will say of the Lord, He is my fortress.”
- A fortress is not only a place of safety, it is a place of defense.
- This has been a constant confession and declaration of God’s people.
- They knew their enemies were too great if God did not fight their battles.
- They knew their strength would fail them.
- They knew they were too few in number and were too weak.
What is a fortress?
- A fortress is a high tower that stands above my troubles.
- It is a rock of defense that keeps standing through the ages.
- It is a shelter that can withstand the storm.
- It is a strong place that cannot be moved.
- It is a place under the shadow of the Almighty.
Isaiah said, God covered His people with the shadow of His hand. (Isaiah 51:16)
David said this place is where God preserves His people in Psalms 144.
Psalm 144:1–2 (NKJV) 1Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle— 2My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.
Third, “I will say of the Lord, in Him I will trust.”
- This confession will calm your soul when the enemy comes in.
- You can say this about the Lord.
Psalm 20:7-8 (NKJV) 7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
- This trust sinks way down in your heart and soul.
- I am helped.
Psalm 32:10 (NKJV) He who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
- This confession of trust carries with it many benefits.
- His mercy surrounds me.
2 Samuel 22:31 (NKJV) 31As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
- Stop and think about what God has said to you.
- Since He is a tried and proven, God you can trust in His shield.
Psalm 37:3–4 (NKJV) 3Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
- Do you hear what He is saying?
- You can feed on God’s faithfulness.
- Even when the enemy encamps around you, the Lord keeps on sustaining you.
- This is why we delight in the Lord.
- When you delight in Him, your desires are satisfied.
Psalm 37:5–6 (NKJV) 5Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
What is the confession of your mouth?
- The Bible tells us that “out of the abundance of your heart your mouth speaks.”
- You cannot truly confess this unless your heart is fixed on God.
- I know what God is and what He has done for me, therefore I will say this of the Lord.
- When you settled down under His shadow, out of the overflow of His blessings you will say these things of the Lord.
You need to keep on reminding yourself about the faithfulness of the Lord your God.
- He is almighty and eternal.
- He knows all things and can do all things.
- He is above all, over all, and He upholds all things.
- He has all power, all wisdom, and all knowledge.
- He has never learned or forgotten, for He knows all.
- He has never missed an appointment, for He is always there.
The key to all of these blessings is to keep on trusting God and settle down and dwell under His shadow.
- There is virtue in staying in place with God.
- Don’t move from this place of safety and refuge.
- God wants you to dwell in this blessing place.
- He wants you to rest in His faithfulness.
When you start saying this about God and confess all that He has done for you, thanksgiving will flow out of your mouth.
- It is a natural process for God’s people to offer thanks for all that the Lord has done.
- We could praise Him for eternity for all of His benefits.
Psalm 103:1–17 (NKJV) 1Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 8The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. 15As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. 17But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
Do you see why we have such a strong confession?
- From deep in your heart and soul start lifting up praise and thanksgiving to the Lord your God.
- Give God your highest praise.